LOVE the site, and reading it for the past year and a half or so has made me an even bigger fan of the Heisman.  Your “This Week in Heisman History” for December 1st prompted me to send you these shots.  I visit family in Chicago every Thanksgiving, and they live on the University of Chicago campus.  Last year I ventured over to the athletics center to check out the original Heisman.  Behold Jay Berwanger’s Downtown Athletic Club trophy.  Interesting to note the perfect rectangular base, rather than the trapezoidal shape it has now. 

Brian Hardzinski


Great stuff, Brian, thanks! — HP

Here is the main reason why Touchdown Toby Gerhart should win the Heisman Award in my opinion as a former football coach of 17 years.
Unlike the other great players who are surrounded by elite talent, Toby Gerhart carried the Stanford team of average talent on his back, and against one of the strongest conference schedules in the nation, he put up big numbers.
Since the Heisman award is supposed to go to the best player, and not the best team, then Toby Gerhart must be the favorite to win simply because “he has done the most with the least help surrounding him!”
Therefore, based on individual achievement, Toby Gerhart should be the Heisman favorite.
That’s my two cents, and I’m sticking to it.
Coach Kevin Campbell

Coach, that’s definitely a factor that all voters should take into account when figuring out who to vote for.  It’s one reason I am leaning toward putting Gerhart on top of my final ballot.

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8 Responses to Mailbag

  1. Anonymous December 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Another accomplishment for Toby “White Thunder” Gerhart- Just named to the Pac-10 All Academic First Team.

  2. Andy December 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    But, the big questions with Toby is what would he do against better defenses? PAC-10 teams (not to mention Notre Dame who needed OT to beat Washington and lost to the likes of Navy and Michigan and UConn!!) are having a tough time stopping any offense. He wouldn’t do that in the SEC or BIG 10 or, heck, even in the ACC. His only game against a BCS team other than Notre Dame was against Wake Forest – he had 82 yards rushing and one catch for 12 yards. He didn’t score and Stanford lost!

  3. Andy December 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Precious post: meant to say only BCS game outside Notre Dame AND PAC 10 was Wake Forest.

  4. Craig December 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Case Keenum means the most to his team out of anyone. Without him, Houston might not be 6-6, but with him at the helm, they have gone 10-2 this year and play a conference championship game against East Carolina at 11am eastern on ESPN2. Just watch the game, and make a decision after having seen him play. Odds are, Keenum will put up typically sick numbers like 500 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 70% completions. Will you too be busy thinking about how McCoy will put up 179 yards 1 TD, 1 INT, and 1 rushing TD against Nebraska to watch?

    Keenum has simply put Houston on his back and dragged that team to the top. I know Houston has lost 2 games, but Keenum threw for 400+ yards and numerous touchdowns in both of losses (and obviously in numerous wins). If Gerhart is still a contender despite Stanford’s 4 losses, Golden Tate is GETTING A FIRST PLACE VOTE despite Notre Dame’s 6 LOSSES, then why not Keenum?

    Everyone is hoping someone will jump out and stand up, and take the Heisman. Case Keenum has done this ALL YEAR LONG, week in, and week out. Houston put up 59 points in the first half last week, before Keenum went and changed into his warm ups at halftime. Keenum has led the Cougars to THREE COMEBACKS IN THE FINAL MINUTE OF THE 4th QUARTER TO WIN GAMES!!!! He also led them to a 4th quarter comeback at then #5 Oklahoma State, and game the Coogs won by 10.

    Keenum is quite simply a machine at quarterback. His vision and field awareness make you think he can see the future. Can you name a single Houston receiver? Yet Keenum is about to throw for 6,000 yards in a season, a feat never before accomplished.

    Give him the trophy. Reward his season. Don’t give another guy the Heisman for mediocrity.

  5. wbond December 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    Lean, HP, lean. Gerhart also leans – forward on every play for extra yards.

  6. Ted December 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    He may have the least talent arround him but he does have the best complimentary player, Andrew Luck. The second best complimentary player is prolly either Tebow’s running backs or McElroy among Heisman candidates.

  7. Ted December 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    and by complimentary, I mean a player who plays on the same offense that keeps the offense balanced.

  8. Brian December 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm #


    I am certainly not knocking Gerhart down, but seriously, one statistically good month of November is not enough to make him a Heisman winner. Before November started, Gerhart was an average college running back at best.

    Do you realize how much pressure McCoy and Tebow had to endure THROUGHOUT the season as quarterbacks of Texas and Florida? What kind of pressure did Gerhart have at Stanford? It sure helps to know that your fans are NOT EXPECTING nothing less than an “undefeated” season. And it sure helps to know that your team is out of national championship race in the second game of the season.

    Statistically, due to Stanford’s mediocre defense, Gerhart had to play the entire game in all 12 games. How many games did Tebow and McCoy come out in 3rd quarter? Let’s just say, a lot. Thus, “Putting up big numbers” is not a valid argument to just hand the trophy to Gerhart. Sure he did put up numbers with the least talent around him. But he also did not have the pressure of going undefeated on his shoulders as a quarterback.

    Certainly Gerhart deserves some recognition for what he accomplished this season. He deserves an invitation to New York. But does he truly deserve to be the Heisman winner over two quarterbacks to ever play college football? No, I think not.